May 26, 2011

WPWebHost Affiliate iPad2 Giveaway

WPWebHost Affiliate iPad2 Giveaway  阅读原文»

Guys, still remember we just gave away an iPad2 in the giveaway in the early of this month? It might sound unbelievable to you, but here's another exciting giveaway for you to walk away with a cool iPad2 again!

WPWebHost Affiliate iPad2 Giveaway

How to Win?

  1. Join WP Hero Affiliate Programme
  2. Display a WPWebHost affiliate banner in your website/blog.
  3. Follow @WPWebHost in Twitter. Make a tweet in your Twitter account with #WPWebHost hashtag and link to this post. Sample tweet:
  4. Join #WPWebHost Affiliate Programme now to win iPad2! http://bit.ly/mbF6ys

  5. Submit your affiliate username, website/blog URL and tweet URL as comment like below.
  6. My affiliate username: xxxx
    My website/blog: www.wpwebhost.com
    My tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/wpwebhost/status/73645733881987072

    Check the first comment for the sample participation.

  7. Gather as many second tiers as possible to join under your affiliate account.
  8. The one who fulfills all requirements above and has most second tiers wins the iPad2.
  9. Participation is accepted until 24 Jun 2011.

Important FAQ (Please read):

  1. What are second tiers?
    In nutshell, second tiers are affiliate accounts under your affiliate account. Think of it as multi-level marketing, you're a member of the affiliate program, and you earn extra incentive by recruiting members underneath you.
  2. How to invite someone to join as a second tier?
    When someone clicks your affiliate link/banner, the browser stores cookie which contains your unique affiliate ID. When he/she is brought to WPWebHost website through your affiliate link and joins the affiliate programme, he/she becomes your second tier automatically.
  3. If my friends accessed to WPWebHost website before through someone else’s affiliate links, what will happen?
    Your friends might end up become someone else’s second tiers even though they sign up affiliate through your affiliate link.To prevent this, make sure their browser’s cookies are cleared before sign up through your link.
  4. Can I replace the URL in the tweets with my own affiliate link?
    Yes. You may make your own tweet and put your own affiliate URL in the tweets to get more sign up for second tiers.
  5. How many tweets can I make?
    You can tweet as many as you like. But you just have to submit 1 tweet URL in your entry.
  6. Where can I get the affiliate banner to be put in my website/blog?
    You can get them in your affiliate account control panel, under Banners section.
  7. How many entries can I submit?
    Each participant is only allowed to submit 1 entry.
  8. I already have an affiliate account with WPWebHost. Can I join this giveaway?
    Yes, you can.
  9. Do I have to be a WPWebHost client to join this giveaway?
    No. This giveaway is open to anyone who doesn’t hate iPad2.
  10. What if there are more than one participant have same highest number of second tiers?
    The winner will be randomly drawn. WPWebHost’s decision is final.
  11. May I cheat?
    Yes, you may, and you will be disqualified.

So what are you waiting for? Become a WP Hero now and good luck! =)

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May 25, 2011

WordPress 3.1.3 (and WordPress 3.2 Beta 2)

WordPress 3.1.3 (and WordPress 3.2 Beta 2)  阅读原文»

WordPress 3.1.3 is available now and is a security update for all previous versions. It contains the following security fixes and enhancements:

  • Various security hardening byAlexander Concha.
  • Taxonomy query hardening byJohn Lamansky.
  • Prevent sniffing out user names of non-authors by using canonical redirects. Props VerónicaValeros.
  • Media security fixes by Richard Lundeen of Microsoft, Jesse Ou of Microsoft, and MicrosoftVulnerability Research.
  • Improves file upload security on hosts with dangerous security settings.
  • Cleans up old WordPress import files if the import does not finish.
  • Introduce “clickjacking” protection in modern browsers on admin and login pages.

Consult the change log for more details.

Download WordPress 3.1.3or update automatically from the Dashboard → Updates menu in your site's admin area.


WordPress 3.2 Beta 2 also available

In other news, our development of WordPress 3.2 development continues right on schedule. We released Beta 1 thirteen days ago, and today we’re putting out Beta 2 for your testing pleasure.

This is still beta software, so we don’t recommend that you use it on production sites. But if you’re a plugin developer, a theme developer, or a site administrator, you should be running this on your test environments and reporting any bugs you find. If you’re a WordPress user who wants to open your presents early, take advantage of WordPress’ famous 5-minute install and spin up a secondary test site. Let us know what you think!

The plan is to start putting out release candidates in early June, and to release WordPress 3.2 by the end of the month. The more you help us iron out issues during the beta period, the more likely we are to hit those dates. To misappropriate and mangle a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the punctuality you want to see in the WordPress.” In other words, test now!

Here are some of the things that changed since Beta 1:

  • Google Chrome Frame is now supported in the admin, if you have it installed. This is especially useful for IE 6 users (remember, IE 6 is otherwise deprecated for the admin).
  • The admin is less ugly in IE 7.
  • The blue admin color scheme has caught up to the grey one, and is ready for testing.
  • We are now bundling jQuery 1.6.1. You should test any JS that uses jQuery. WordPress JavaScript guru Andrew Ozz has a post with more info.

Download WordPress 3.2 Beta 2

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May 24, 2011

AllThingsD redesign

AllThingsD redesign  阅读原文»

AllThingsD, a longtime WordPress.com VIP ever since they launched in 2007, has unveiled a redesign to their popular site.

[Visit AllThingsD and read more about the redesign]

Ready to become a VIP Services Client? Some of the world's biggest brands rely on WordPress.com VIP Services.


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May 23, 2011

Zero downtime WordPress migration guide

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We at WPWebHost believe every seconds and minutes counts. So we pledged ourself on making sure all the migration of WordPress blogs are completed without downtime.

I have compiled a short tutorial to help other WordPress users that are considering migrating their blogs from other hosting provider, custom domain WordPress.com, custom domainBlogspot, custom domainPosterous and custom domain Tumblr.

First of all, you will need to get the IP address of your new hostname from your new hosting provider.

Let say the new IP address is xx.xx.xx.xx and your domain name is newdomain.com

Then you will need to export your blog from your existing provider.

For self-hosted WordPress migration, you will need for perform a backup by following below steps.
1. Login via your FTP account to download all of your webfiles
2. Use PHPMyAdmin to backup your MySQL database as .sql file.

Alternatively, you can run a cPanel full backup of your hosting account if you are using cPanel control panel. Then download it via FTP to your local machine. Keep a few backup for safety purpose.

For blog hosted in WordPress.com, you can generate the XML file by referring to this tutorial.

For blog hosted on Google’s Blogspot, you can generate your blogpost via this tutorial.

For blog hosted on Posterous, there should not be any direct way to export a blog from Posterous. Therefore, we believe you use this trick. Then, repeat with the steps on WordPress.com to get your XML file.

For blog hosted on Tumblr, you will need this trick or this trick to get your blog’s raw XML file.

There should be other blog hosted on other provider, try Google it out and find out yourself to generate your own raw blog files.

Then, here comes the magic part.

Warning: Please make a backup copy of your host file before you modify your hostname file so that you can revert back your original host file after the migration is done.

Mac OS X users:

1. Open terminal.app (Application -> Utilities -> Terminal
2. type: sudo nano /etc/hosts
3.type your password when prompted
4. Add this line at the end of file:

xx.xx.xx.xx newdomain.com
xx.xx.xx.xx www.newdomain.com

5. Press Control-O to save the file, press Enter on filename prompt.
6. Press Control-X to exit the text editor.
7. (optional) Flush DNS cache with the command: dscacheutil -flushcache

8. Visit http://newdomain.com and install your WordPress.

9. Try to ping with your terminal and see if it is resolving toxx.xx.xx.xxand install your WordPress

Windows users:

1. Go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\
2. Open hosts file with notepad.exe
3. Add the following:

xx.xx.xx.xx newdomain.com
xx.xx.xx.xx www.newdomain.com
4. Save.
5. Visit http://newdomain.com.

6. Try to ping your command prompt and see if it is resolving toxx.xx.xx.xxand install your WordPress

Linux/Ubuntu users:

1.Go to Application �> Accessories �> Terminal
2. key in the following: sudo gedit /etc/hosts
3. Under 127.0.1.1 , input the following:

xx.xx.xx.xx newdomain.com
xx.xx.xx.xx www.newdomain.com

4. Click Save
5. Close gedit and terminal.
6. Visit http://newdomain.com

7. Try to ping and see if it is resolving to xx.xx.xx.xxand install your WordPress

After you have completed your WordPress installation, proceed with the blog import via the raw file by referring to this tutorial.

Then try setup your themes, plugins and etc until everything is nice and smooth with the new host. Then revert back your host files to the default files and update the nameserver of your domain to the new nameservers provided by your new host.

There shall be no downtime at all because your blogs are still actively hosted on your provider and when you changed the nameserver, it will be smoothly updated to your new host with readily browsed WordPress site.

It will need around 24-48 hours for your domain to propagate completely world wide, so prevent updating your WordPress in 48 hours to prevent your your work updated on old host.

Done Have fun!

Guess the Meaning Contest: Winner announced  阅读原文»

We are sorry for the delays in posting the results on 21th May as planned. We were out of hands due to some conferences to attend last weekend and unable to announce the winner timely.

Anyhow, here are the answers to the hidden meaning behind the elements we have applied on the new layouts.

The W logo is referring to WordPress.org logo.

The orange logo with 2 person is referring to BuddyPress logo.

The plant on the box is referring to the hosting that helps to grow your WordPress sites.

The shopping cart logo is referring to the WP-e-commerce logo where e-commerce can be powered by WordPress too.

The bb logo is referring to bbPress logo.

The cloud is referring to the CloudLinux hosting that is currently applied on all of the shared hosting account.

The rocket is referring to CDN that helps to speed up your WordPress sites.

The bee is referring to mascot of Exabytes signifyingthe best hosting technology support.

The windmill is referring to environment friendly technology powering our data center.

And who are the 10 11 winners who managed to guess the meaning correctly and creatively and walk away with our WPWebHost official t-shirt.

@mrintech

@iamchampol

@gherhald

@thinkdj

@oasis789

@rohitbatra14

@gerviemacahia

@afublog

@shubhamdev

@funbu

@rommelferns77

And one 1 lucky winner with most accurate answers and creative answers will walk away with

  • an official WPWebHost T-shirt
  • 1 year of premium themes fromElegant Themes
  • $200 worth of Google Adwords coupon
  • official Google T-shirt.

is @izrin96 with the answers he answered as below

The W logo is referring to WordPress.org logo.
The orange logo with 2 person is referring to BuddyPress.org logo.
The plant on the box is referring to WPWebHost.com.
The shopping cart logo is referring to GetShopped.org logo.
The bb logo is referring to bbpress.org logo.
The cloud is referring to WPWebHost.com new background and cloud hosting.
The rocket is referring to Content Delivery Network (CDN) for improving website loading speed.
The bee is referring to Exabytes.com.my mascots.
The windmill is referring to green or Eco-friendly website hosting that wind powered.

Here are the photos of the WPWebHost t-shirt wore by one of our technical support team

and Google t-shirt wore by the @tomaslau previous winner of the giveaways.

Again, we would like to thank you for all the participations. For those, that did not managed to win anything this on this contest, don’t feel bad.

Stay tuned. We are going to release a new contest very soon and this time it is going to be involving a hefty cash giveaways!

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